PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 17th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues and my views on the Doping Issues and Sporting Fraud Issues that arise from time to time .

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in the correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from road safety issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for info is a good start !

Aug 12, 2014


My comment elsewhere says ALL i need to say about Robin Williams :

  "   The World has LOST a STAR ! Not only a Prolific Performer , he was also a Keen CYCLIST ! As Tommo , SBS , & others will tell you , Robin was to be found at " Le Tour " on countless occasions ! Here is my comment elsewhere:

The Greatest Pleasure of 2004 Le Tour was on the final Saturday in the warmUp Paddock . Robin was front & Centre on the " Discovery Team Pullman Area " signing Autigraphs for all & sundry . Lance made the intro and i had a rambling convo as Robin continued to deal with the demands. Robin made the request for me to assist his San Diego Fdn in the near future but even with stopping on the way through to Sydney , i would still have incurred significant expenses which with No Income would have depleted the Piggy Bank ! Robin has a Hugee Collection of Bikes that will now be orphaned , hopefully someone will step in and see that they go to a Museum/Foundation where they will perpetuate his Memory ! RIP , this great STAR and Avid Cyclist ! Such a prolific performer that was ALWAYS a JOY to watch ! "

The world has LOST a Great and Generous Human being!

Such a tragedy that the " Dark Side " of his personality won and the World will be diminished with his absense ?

With ALL the Major New Networks competing with each other to report the HUMAN Tragedioes in Syria , Iraq , West Africa and Gaza , don't we ALL need light relief ?

BTW   This may be something my readers are aware of :  

During the past few days thousands of the Iraqi Population have been forced to flee for their lives !  In many cases they have left their Homes and previous lives without thought for the future !  Yes PANIC Stricken they have started down a difficult road without even Food & Water . News Media report Countless thousands on Mountains dying of the LACK of Food , Water & Shelter .

Whilst the USA have commenced relief operations since this past weekend , we are now seeing the Major News Networks JOY RIDING on these Relief helicopters !

YES JOY RIDING ! There has been a Chopper downed through misadventure capable of carrying about 20 people .

On board this Flying Machine were 20 or so people , 3 of them were NOT NEEDED on the trip , they were there for the Photo Op ! 2 journos & a politician . What possible benefit to those seeking RESCUE , were these 3 ?  On the outward journey they would have weighed approx. 240Kg , Food & Water left behind , so urgently needed by the DYING !  On the return trip they would have meant perhaps as many as 5 children left on the ground through weight restrictions !

Fortunately for some children , they were not separated from their Parents and as the Helicopter crashed , they did not find themselves in a Hospital .  The 3 extra " deadweight passengers " will be screaming at the misfortune , that left the pilot DEAD !  HOW DARE he risk THEIR LIVES !

Each day i rotate through @CNN , @Skyteam , @BBCWorld , @Aljazeera and when they start a " Selfie ( Self promo ad ) i switch to another !  CLICK ! GONE !  Who wants to watch  an @Amanpour each 20 minutes , even during HER Program?  Sky TV has taken to showing Personality Ads , the same Commentator in Sydney Bush fires , US Snow Storms , Bangkok Riots , etc ad nauseum . 

BBC World have now followed suit , claiming to be the FIRST WITH BREAKING NEWS , as does CNN & SKY ! 


If @France24 TV was more than a 30 minute revolving item , i would be watching it 24/7 , they actually have a few minutes of PAID Ads !   What a relief to get through 30 minutes without " WE ARE THE BEST " drivel !

Robin Williams is currently Breaking NEWS , so Syria has slipped below the horizon , Ebola only got a passing mention due to the SAD DEATH of the Spanish Missionary Priest , RIP , hopefully Pope Francis will Beatify him in the very near Future ?  Even Gaza has taken a back seat , since there is still a day of the latest Cease Fire left !

May 14, 2014


17 days ago i departed my Austrian residence on the way to the " Tour de Romandie " and Giro d'Italia .
Yet even before i was through Brixlegg i was subjected to an example of Austrian Traffic Violence . As i was about 30M from the giveway line on the " Alpbach Roundabout " on the B171 , i had a 4x4 come alongside, no doubt thinking i would VANISH?

With no traffic in the roundabout  i was able to continue through , though the 4x4 had to slow , but within 100M he was alongside once again , hurling " Dialect german  " through the passenger window . Not content with mee ignoring him , he narrowed the space of less than 1/2M , which was the " dooring zone " to the point where i had to jam on the brakes to avoid touching his vehicle . Luckily i did this , as he was towing a
trailor , which had i continued at the same speed would have hit me , as it was wider than the vehicle . It appears that this behaviour is covered under " Para 89 of the Austrian Justice code " , yet when i tried to report this to the Strass Polizei Post , they told me that i would have to wait several hours until an interpreter became available .

As the weather was iffy and already drizzling and the plan was to ride to Feldkirch that day , i asked they copy the page with the written detail i supplied . It finished up with me leaving both items with them , since i had already lost 15+ minutes and was losing the argument . Doubt that any there would consider riding a bike to Schwaz , let alone to the Swiss Border ?  As promised them , i called into the " Richter Office " in Schwaz where i was advised to address the matter on return to the Tirol .  After a visit to " Pro Bike " who had supplied a Cycling Suit last month and pumping the Tyres i headed into Innsbruck and the OSV for a much needed Coffee Break . Several of the Austrian Ski Hierachy are keen Cyclists with " Marco Pantani Marque " bikes .

Having arrived in Feldkirch earlier than anticipated , i decided to press on for the San Bernadino Pass and Bellinzona . Arriving near Thusis in sleeting weather , i was happy to accept a lift from a Local , who even provided refreshment in a Cafe along the way . Depositing me at the south end of the San B. tunnel in near freezing weather , i was extrememly careful in the corners as i descended . As it was the rear twitched a few times , which on an evening where there was no traffic , did little for my confidence . Would not have liked to be found as an icikle in the morning .

 The previous week i had a blowout as i descended from Brontonico Finish of the Giro del Trentino , to Mori with plenty of traffic competing to get past . That puncturewas likely caused by my hitting a kerbside pothole as an impatient " Accredited Motorcycle BASTARD " blew by !   When the RACE is over , the road reverts to COMMON USE with the Italian Road Code being applicable . Something which i reinforced the next morning as i passed out the " 1 1/2M Placard ( Italian version ) to ALL . Since the Mori Commune were kind enough to print 50+ , even the Market stalls got a copy .

With the descent to Bellinzona taking about 50Km , i arrived about 2100hrs , well after dark and set about finding the Ostello and a HOT Shower to warm the bod . Another shared room with a couple of people that think imitating the farmyard noises entertains the others sharing . When will people learn that alcohol and sleeping flat on the back is a choice better served by taking a single room ?

Tuesday dawned bright and clear , so the ride to Ascona passed quickly . Rode the course with several of the Racers and enjoyed chats with others . About 1600hrs whilst chatting with Jens Voight ,
we were informed that the next days race was reduced to the Swiss section since there was snow on the Simplon Pass . With this news , i set out immediately to ride through and because the heavy clouds were threatening a major dump . The road was a nightmare , 20% climbs near tthe outset and narrow windy roads through tunnels with " No Cycling " signs , competing with Italian Drivers who were rushing home , intent on beating their " Strava record "?

At the top of the Simplon the snow had started to fall but i doubt that a heavy fall would have occured . The views over Swiss countryside were spectacular even though the gloom detracted from the enjoyment . With road works and a broken up road and the impatient drivers , it is not a road that you can enjoy riding .

Sion has an Ostello / YHA so i headed there for Tuesday night . Wednesday , as predicted was wet and cold so i headed for Aigle and had the hope of seeing Brian Cookson . As expected his secretary decided to run interferance . Not good since she took note of little i said , although recorded my email address . In the Cafe i passed time with a German Guy that i recognised but could not place at the time . Later a Tweet by Brian brought back the name and where we had previously met .

Whilst looking through the UCI Trackside Museum , i spotted Brian heading to the Cafe for " Elevenses ". We chatted a while , then ajourned to the Cafe where many of my ideas got an airing and Brian revealed a few that he had already exposed to the Media .  It would be fair to say that he listens a lot more than the previous occupants of his post at UCI .  More will be revealed as the " Commissions " that have been put in place , reveal their findings . Another of his Guests that day was formerly in the German Government and though i had met him at many Cycling Events , i did not get to greet him .

Whilst in Geneva i visited the Australian Mission , whose New Building sits across from the New Zealand Mission and also has enhanced security , unlike the building i visited years back , where you could just about walk in off the street .  Getting out of Geneva , i thought would be straight forward , but i was many miles down the road and suffered several rain storms before i got to Nantua and eventually to Lyon for the night at yet another YHA . thursday morning brought blue skies but as i was driven around the East & North of Paris, Monsoonal Rain hit and the exits from the Motorways became canals .

Friday morning dawned wet and windy and i Cycled in from Walton along the ITT route to Hampton Court and then through Richmond Park to the City . With necessary visits to the Bank & Oz House completed i headed to City Hall , better known as the day time kennel of Bozo !  To get into the building it is necessary to go through " Airport screening " . With my Cycling shirt loaded with a pump & coins , it was necessary to undress and remove the Cycling shoes . With 2 trays full of discarded items and the bike parked , leaning against the outside , it came as a " F##k YOU " , when i was told that i had to leave the building , find a phone and RING for an appointment with " media relations dept "!

IT appears that using an Internal phone was a step TOO FAR !  Effectively , the PUBLIC are unwelcome , unless by appointment ! So much for the " Media Savvy donkey that tries to kid Cyclists , that he is THEIR FRIEND !  On face value , there is a lot of HOT AIR that Cyclists are exposed to , but NO desire to implement those proposals . Everybody knows that David Cameron , is surrounded by Sub Machine Gun toting security at No 10 downing Street , which i saw as i rode upto that gate earlier in the day , BUT , "Lovable mop head " , aspiring to be the Prime Minister , does not come over as the " Real Deal " when surrounded by those that would prefer to disrupt/hinder rather than assist ?

With ALL that i had considered necessary done , i headed west with the intent to get as far up the road to Eire possible . Having passed through Nine Elms Junction , i was heading along the narrow Cycle lane towards Battersea Dogs Home ( used to be there ) when as i rode through a " pinch point " caused by a traffic island i got an assist from behind .  On reflection , it appears that the RED Double Decker caught the REAR Derailleur , thus propelling me clear of the kerb and dumping me on my left side on the pavement .

Whilst motionless on the ground a lady came to my side . She stated that she was a Doctor and required me to stay prone . Having done my own survey i then sat up in time to hear a man dressed in a set of overalls say , " Good you are stting up "!  Last i saw of him , but as a Police Incident Van passed , i caught their attention and one of their officers claiming Paramedic training , gave me a thorough examination and was able to give the AMBO Ladies a detailed report , when they arrived .One thing that annoyed me was the need to move the bike before i had a chance to have photos taken . As it was i used my own !  With ALL the resources that these Vans carry , WHY , is there no Video/ Camera Facilities available ?  Once again i had people tell me they saw or heard what took place , but so far all i have is a " CAD # "!

The Ambo could not carry my bike , so i declined the Hospital ride and signed the waiver . When in a previous incident during a TDF , i was parted from my bike by the French Gendarmerie , it finished up 20#km away , thus the whole day lost whilst it was located and brought to the Hospital . I was not about to risk a repeat or an even worse result , on this occasion .  The Police Van deposited me at " Apex Cycles" near Clapham Common . Whilst the Inspector Beresford and the sargeant both claim to be Cyclists , i have yet to see any indication of whether any CCTV ( if any ) resources have been scrutinised . In this day & age when the VICTIM is on their travels , one would HOPE , that Email would be the prime source of contact ?

Whilst i have rendered a variety of " comments " on the " StopKillingCyclists " Facebook page AND passed my email address any number of times , nobody , has seen fit to reply to those requests .  Many of the members of S K C have added a comment on the page , BUT , there is a great deal that needs to be done , outside the scrutiny of bystanders .

ONCE AGAIN , it would be appreciated if those asked , could render that access .

More of the events after this incident will appear in Skippi-Cyclist , but i would add now , that i continue to suffer pain and inconvenience , even though i grit my teeth and continue to ride my bike !

The level of pain & discomfort necessitated my attending A & E on Sunday Night and departing at 0530am on Monday after Xrays and other consultations .

Mar 31, 2014


Comprehensive effort LOST , as i clicked on the " photo " button , when the internet link had dropped out !

THINK i am going to dredge up hours of work ?


Feb 18, 2014

You're bigger than me , so you do what you like ?

Heading home on the Tuesday Shopping trip , i am coming into the 50kph zone
, when i happen on a " 30kph Worker on Road Sign ". Knowing i have to slow from 40+kph and that there is a vehicle behind me , i signal the " Keep right behind sweep " as a courtesy gesture . Hr VIP , pulls alongside me and edges towards the kerb then speeds up to pass the " Geminde Vehicle " working on cleaning the RHS kerb area . Not totally inconvenienced , as the approaching vehicle had turned off before the parked work truck and mobile dumpster , i had never the less been caused to lose my right of way , by the selfish attitude of the van shown here !

This peasant has a shop in the Dorf of Munster , home of the Austrian Ski Star Anna Marie Brem , who like her Mother , uses a Bike for Cross Training ! Having gone the 1km to the shop , i arrived in his parking area as he was walking into the shop . Having taken several photoss of the van . I went in seeking the Manager , speaking to the Lady at the office desk and asking if she spoke English . I explained to her what had taken place and then Hr VIP/shop owner interrupted . He started by speaking Dialect to me , i asked for English since i thought he was intelligent enough to oblige , but he persevered with his vocals , none of which i understood , so i wrote down the Facebook pages he could read , so as to understand what i had to say . With this i moved over to speak to the Lady once more at which point he started to pull at my Plastic Wind Jacket , then pushed me in the general direction of the door . By this time it was clear that he understood all that i had said and even threatened to call the Polizei ,
which could have resulted in his having to explain his assault on me .  This was not the first time that he had passed me on the road , since his shop is on one of the routes West that i have to use on a regular basis . At a guess he is old enough to have obtained his Driver Permit , in the days that you could ask your " mates " to help you out ? These days there are Driving chools such as " Wallner " who teach their Pupils , to ease off behind a Cyclist , signal overtake , pass with more than a metre clearance , then signal return to lane when sufficiently clear of the Cyclist ! How many years have they being doing this ?

Problem is though , that as soon as the Pupil starts travelling alone , behaving correctly towards Cyclists , their perceptions of other Vehicles , such as Emergency Services Vehicles FAILING to Signal , OR , pass sufficiently wide , could cause them to fail to practice the procedures taught and required by Austrian Law ?

ONLY when the Austrian Emergency Services Vehicles ( Polizei ,Ambulance & Fire & Rescue Services ) , when NOT IN Emergency Mode , practice the manoevres they were TRAINED to perform , will the general Austrian Public resume those REQUIRED Habits ! Meanwhile the Austrian Public are busy congratulating their Winter Athletes for their bringing Home the Medals , i wonder how those Athletes will feel the next time they are Cross Training on the Austrian Roads and have grief caused by poor driving behaviour ?  Being in the Countryside , i am able to avoid many of the difficulties that those living in Cities ENDURE on EACH Bike Ride !

Another example of poor behaviour , took place last week . The truck depicted , no doubt exited the Autobahn , travelled along the link road to the Trading Estate road , that i was more than 150m along  . About 100m before a 90° right hand he was wide and alongside me whilst i was still doing 35+kph . In the truck deaccelerating to sweep around the corner , i was forced to brake and then he doglegged left and then to the right , so as to turn onto the property he was visiting . I went directly to the Office and was busy explaining the situation to the receptionist when the driver finally made his way to the office to make himself known .

Not much the people of the business were willing to do , since they did not see what had taken place on the road , nor were they willing to relay my complaint to the employer . Having left a placard with the " 1 1/2M safe pass " depicted , i took my leave , leaving the driver with his " Nothing you can do " attitude !

Seems that he could not give me the courtesy of the road for the corners , which i would have ridden through quicker than he could drive that semi HGV , but he lost considerable time whilst the people he was visiting heard me out . Not sure if there was anything gained , but i will be advising " Links " to this post , to various Authorities ! Will they act ? Doubt that anything i report here ,will keep them from falling asleep !